After a long break, I am back to blogging. Recently, while browsing on Shopee to find a portable desktop speaker for my personal use, I came across with Creative’s Pebble (I believe it is Version 1, it should be) 2.0 USB powered speaker. I have a very good experience with Creative brand, indeed, when I own my first computer back on the year of 2007, I purchased Creative SBS 245 and use it for about five years before it decides to give up. Looking at the potential of this brand, I decided to buy a unit for me since it cost me below than RM100.
The speaker itself isn’t that fancy. With dimensions up to 116 x 122 x 115 mm, you can place the speaker even on a compact table. Both satellites features with 2″ drivers with a passive radiator located at the rear of the unit. Although the speaker unit has a total watt up to 4.4 RMS in total, the speaker is uniquely angled up to 45° to allow maximum audio delivery to your ear without sacrificing the audio quality.
Speaking of input output options, the cables are hardwired, unlike Pebble V3, the V1 comes with hardwired USB Type-A cable and a 3.5mm audio jack, also you won’t get the audio gain mode toggle switch that available in Pebble V3, below the main speaker (right).
The Pebble V1 undergone an extensive breaking in session to allow the drivers to produce an optimum audio quality (similar to driving a new cars within the recommended speed before 1000km) later on. The only problem I find with this speaker systems are, the rubber feet doesn’t grip well on the table’s surface and when you play a song at a high volume, the speaker takes a walk. To solve this issue, I would strongly recommend to DIY your own high quality rubber feet or just solve it by placing the speaker on a double sided tape.
I’ve spoken about the bad thing about the speaker. What are the advantages of Pebble V1? Well, among the USB speakers priced below than RM100, only Creative Pebble V1 has the best audio quality, even surpassing the famous EDIFIER’s R12U. What staggers me the most is the bass quality. The bass quality is simply the best, despite having a 2″ full range speaker driver each. The vocal and the balance are simply good. Now, let’s talk about the profile used to test this speaker. In general, most speakers out there will be used to listen to music, watching movies and gaming, Right? Based on my testing, the Pebble V1 best used to listen to music and watching movies. When it comes to gaming, the audio quality is pretty average.
I wont exaggerate about the Creative Pebble V1 much, simply to avoid being called a fanboi (‘fanboy’). In a nutshell, the Pebble V1 is a good portable speaker for students and entrepreneurs who looking for a cheap yet cheerful USB powered speaker out there. The Pebble comes with four versions, V1, V2, V3 and Pebble Plus (with a dedicated subwoofer). Pick the right one that suitable for your needs through referring to the provided comparison chart, here.